Labor-Sucking Devices

Electric cars never really made any sense. They are cloaked in the sanctimony of the green movement, because they don’t use nasty fossil fuels like gasoline. Instead, they use electricity, which is sent out through power lines from big power plants, which generate this electricity—how? Oh yes, by burning fossil fuels like oil, coal, and […]

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The Man Who Isn’t There

One of President Obama’s aides once described his foreign policy as “leading from behind,” and his critics (such as myself) have derided this instead as “following from in front.” But a recent round of congressional testimony by the president’s cabinet officers reveals that the truth is even worse. Under Obama, the Leader of the Free […]

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“The Harsh Light of Modernity”

In my RCP newsletter, I just linked to an article by Pat Buchanan on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the wider problems facing the Catholic Church. In 1965, three in four American Catholics attended Sunday mass. Today, it is closer to one in four. The number of priests has fallen by a third, […]

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The Metaphysical Clintons

I noted recently in my RealClearPolitics newsletter that Hillary Clinton’s departure as Secretary of State prompted a wave of flattering profiles or her in the press—which has little to do with her term as Secretary of State and a lot more to do with her potential for a future term in a higher office. But […]

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Guilt-Free Affluence

During the campaign, Mitt Romney was caught on tape telling donors that there were 47% of the public who paid no income taxes, who were (he assumed) net recipients of government largesse, and who therefore would back President Obama no matter what. Ironically, it was Romney who would get 47% of the vote, in part […]

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“Healthy Government Is Strife”

Playwright and screenwriter David Mamet caused a stir a few years back by coming out as a conservative, which is way more controversial in Hollywood than any other kind of coming out. Unfortunately, Mamet embraces conservatism for the worst reason: his belief in the inherent depravity of man (which, come to think of it, has […]

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The Economy of Illusions

Recently Mark Perry and Don Boudreaux published an article in the Wall Street Journal challenging “The Myth of a Stagnant Middle Class.” They point out that the middle class is better off than nominal measures of income might suggest, because “Household spending on food, housing, utilities, etc. has fallen from 53% of disposable income in […]

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The Ur-Source

An Atheist Reads the Bible, Part 2 Most religions provide some version of a creation myth. This is, after all, necessary to elevate the role of a god or gods in the history of the world—to establish a Supreme Being’s supremacy by making Him the ultimate source and creator of all things. So it is […]

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The Population Implosion

For years, we were told to worry about a “population bomb.” Well, it’s finally going off, but it’s not an explosion. It’s an implosion. In defiance of the Malthusian world view, the real population problem is not too many people, but too few. China has deliberately induced a population implosion with its “one child policy.” […]

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They’re On Their Own

With America withdrawing from the world militarily, we will have to rely more on diplomacy, right? But New York Times columnist Roger Cohen declares that “Diplomacy Is Dead,” that we no longer seem to be able to cut big diplomatic deals any more. One of the reasons is precisely this military withdrawal from the world. […]

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